Richard J. Doherty


The John Marshall Law School - J.D. - 1994



State Court Admissions: Illinois and Wisconsin
Federal Court Admissions:
United States Court of Appeals: 7th Circuit; 9th Circuit
District Courts:
Northern District of Illinois
Central District of Illinois
Southern District of Illinois
Eastern District of Wisconsin
Western District of Wisconsin
Eastern District of Missouri






Richard has over 20 years of experience in both State and Federal Court, has
litigated cases through trial and subsequent appeals and has argued before a multitude of courts,
including the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. He has extensive experience in with
consumer protection, employment, and civil rights statutes and particularly enjoys helping present
and prospective homeowners with credit issues, real estate matters and estate planning.



Richard's client list ranges from individuals with wrongful discharge claims to families with estate planning needs to representing thousands of consumers in class action lawsuits in which he has been the Court-appointed class counsel on dozens of occasions.


Negotiation, Arbitration, and Mediation:

Richard also has extensive negotiation, arbitration, and mediation experience. He is often brought in by small business clients to negotiate sensitive contracts including issues relating to licensing, distribution of product and public appearances. He has arbitrated numerous cases, including one against a major
telecommunications company that was ultimately resolved in a settlement valued at over $12,000,000.00. Richard has mediated dozens of cases with values ranging from $10,000 to over $10,000,000 and enjoys helping clients (including other attorneys) achieve successful outcomes in both arbitration and mediation.



Commitment to the Public Interest:

Richard has a demonstrated commitment
advancing the public interest through legal action, including having been an Environmental Law Intern at Business and Professional People for the Public Interest in 1993, and an intern and housing discrimination “tester” with the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities (founded Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968) in 1992. He also serves with notable business, educational and governmental leaders on the Northern Illinois University College of
Political Science Advisory Board.


Giving Back:

Richard is responsible for the creation of a scholarship at the John Marshall Law School for students seeking education in the area of Fair Housing. He also worked with the Circuit Court of Cook County Judiciary and The Chicago Bar Foundation to establish a summer internship program in which pre-law students at Northern Illinois University work with unrepresented litigants at the Richard J. Daley Center court complex.


Public Speaking and Writings:

Richard's public speaking includes expert witness
testimony before the Illinois State House of Representatives Committee on Consumer Issues,
acting as a guest lecturer on consumer law issues at DePaul University Law School and as a guest lecturer at the Northern Illinois University College of Political Science on careers in the legal profession. Writings include “Historical Rhetoric and the Images of Law: Legal Fundamentalism as Ideology” in the Journal of Crime and Justice, 11(1):77-100.IU​

Richard is a life-long resident of Chicagoland and splits his time between Chicago and Wisconsin. He enjoys boating, fishing, woodworking and spending time with his family.

James M. Smith


Jim is from the Northwest side of Chicago and presently resides in the south suburbs with his wife and children.

After obtaining his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School in 2005 and through 2018, Jim litigated class actions in both State and Federal Court on behalf of consumers, employees, and small businesses. Jim has extensive experience in handling all facets of litigation from drafting complaints, and other persuasive legal papers, to pursuing written and oral discovery, to arguing before various courts and negotiating successful settlements.


Jim is an accredited attorney with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and can assist Veterans with the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for VA benefits. Jim is also adjunct faculty at Marmion Academy in Aurora where he teaches Introduction to Law and Mock Trial. Jim is a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates and a member of the Illinois State Bar Association.

Jim is licensed to practice in the state courts of Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Jim’s federal court admissions include various district courts in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Missouri, as well as the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. 

You can contact Jim here.